WARNING!!!!! If you haven't seen "A Little Slice of Kevin," read no further! There will be discussions of the episode, and it will spoil you. So don't do it!!! If you have watched, come on in, the water's fine.
So, I am just going to apologize in advance to everyone for the probable love-fest this review is going to be because I LOVED this episode. I thought the pacing was fantastic, the dialogue was great, and it had lots of things that I love: BAMF Castiel, angsty Dean, supportive Sam, evil Crowley, Impala porn, mytharc progress, a little mystery, and great secondary characters. Plus some gruesome horror! Stir it all up and that was one fantastic hour. I didn't want it to end! I'm just really happy to have Cass back.
But never fear! I have been chatting with one of our writers, Bookdal, and she and I (mostly her with me in support) have tossed around some great theories about where the show is headed now that we got some more information in this episode. And with two weeks before the next episode (boo!) we will have plenty of time to discuss these theories (yay!) I'm going to talk about three bigger theories and then bullet point the rest of the love.
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Here's one way the arc for the next few seasons could go. Each season has a goal described by a tablet. This year, it's closing the gates of Hell. Next season, it could be sealing Purgatory so nothing can get out. Because we know monsters have gotten out of Purgatory, not just humans like Dean. So what other tablets do you think are out there? Why do you think Metatron left that note on this tablet saying he was done? I have this amusing image in my head of God!Chuck all drunk and trying to tell Metatron what to write, and Metatron finally has enough and is like, "I am DONE with this shit." But instead of saying it, he writes it down in Enochian and inscribes it on a tablet because he's very passive-aggressive for an angel.
Here's a theory about why the angels are spying on Sam and Dean via Castiel: they don't want the gates of Hell to be closed. There's probably a huge catch to closing the gates anyway, one that we haven't heard of yet. But if the gates to Hell are closed, I'm guessing it means no one could get out or IN. So where would all those evil people go when they die? Purgatory is for monsters. They'd end up in heaven if they can't get to hell. And I'm betting heaven doesn't want them. They know that Sam and Dean won't cooperate, so they're using Castiel to get close and monitor the progress the boys are making. And when they get too close to making some serious progress, the angels will swoop down and mess things up.
The Memory Problem
One of the biggest themes of the episode tonight was memory. Dean created a new memory of what happened when he and Castiel tried to get out of Purgatory because he couldn't accept what really happened. He couldn't accept that it wasn't his fault that Cass didn't get out, which is so typically Dean, that he created a scenario where it WAS his fault. Which...oh, Dean. That's so horrible.
Then we have Castiel, whose memory is being manipulated on purpose by a group of secretive angels. You know they're really secretive when Godstiel didn't even know about them. Why did they wipe his memory of their attack on Purgatory and Castiel's subsequent rescue? What do they need Sam and Dean for this time, and what do they think Castiel can accomplish that they can't? Probably a lot because Sam and Dean aren't exactly known for following angel orders. How many times has Castiel been in that room reporting already? The way he said "why am I telling you this?" sure made it seem like he doesn't have a choice in the matter.
Both of these examples set up the problem of a fallable memory and memory manipulation. Is this what's happening to Sam? In the season premiere, there was someone standing outside Sam's place when he left to meet Dean at the cabin. What if it was Naomi? Maybe she and her other CIAngels called Sam so he would meet Dean at the cabin. Maybe the angels are manipulating Sam, too. But why, you might ask? Well, I will tell you in my Theory of the Week!
Theory of the Week
I was doing a little reading up on Metatron via Wikipedia, and they have a list of alternate names for Metatron, other things he's been called before. And one of them caught my eye: Michael II. What if this is Apocalypse 2.0? I know, I know, but hear me out! The Apocalypse of season 5 was supposed to be the end game for the show, but it got renewed, so plans changed. But what if it's the end game again, and it's going to play out over the next few seasons? But Lucifer and Michael are locked up, so they can't do it. Maybe Apocalypse 2.0 would need two other archangels to fill the roles. Metatron could step in for Michael, and I'm guessing Azrael could step in for Lucifer. Azrael is the archangel of death in some cultures, so he would work.
All right, so we've got Metatron and Azrael, but they need vessels. Cue Sam and Dean. So, the angels want Dean to say yes to Metatron, and they want Sam to say yes to Azrael. But they know the direct route didn't work last time, so they're trying stealth this time. They're using Castiel as a sleeper agent because they know that Sam and especially Dean will fight for Castiel. He's their friend, of course they will. So they're manipulating Castiel, but just spying for all we know right now.
Here's how I think they're manipulating Sam: they know he's most vulnerable away from Dean, so they get Sam back together with Dean because it would be suspicious if Dean was out of Purgatory and Sam didn't reunite with him. But then the angels make Sam believe he wants to be with Amelia more than he wants to be hunting with Dean. They're manipulating Sam into wanting to leave. Sam seems disconnected this season, and if he's being manipulated, maybe that's why. He may not remember, but perhaps his subconscious is fighting back, so it makes him seem muted. And once Sam is back with Amelia, they make him forget all about Dean. Then they remove Amelia from the equation, and Sam is primed to say yes to Azrael. Dean's more vulnerable without Sam, too, so the angels try to use Cass to make Dean say yes to Metatron. Then Metatron and Azrael fight it out and the Apocalypse.
Of course, Sam and Dean are going to fight back and try and avert the whole thing again, but this is what I think the angels are planning.
Side theory: is Crowley Azrael? King of hell, but also maybe archangel?
Okay, enough speculating and theorizing. Time for bullet points!
- Nice use of The Animals! "We Gotta Get Out Of This Place" is a great song. Good to hear some more classic rock.
- Maybe what scares me has changed now that I have a 13-month-old, but the kid getting taken to hell from preschool was horrible! That was so scary!
- I love it when the show makes the boys smart, and the exorcism into the phone disguised as notes in code was super smart! I loved that.
- I have to say, Dean actually talking about his feelings all episode was so refreshing. And Sam trying to help him through it was great because he knows what Dean's going through. He hallucinated Jess, too.
- Castiel knew all along that he wasn't going through that portal, so him saying thank you to Dean for everything was his way of saying goodbye.
- Any significance to the fact that Castiel came to in Illinois? Maybe near Pontiac?
- How great was Delta the witch? Best witch ever? I think yes. She was super fun. And I loooooove that Mrs. Tran found her on Craigslist, ha.
- Cass watching TV and missing it. Aw. The remote he had was hilarious, too.
- More Leviathan bombs! Those are really cool.
- You know, I love Crowley. I know he's a demon, but I can't help but love that magnificent bastard. But it's nice to be reminded sometimes that yes, he is a DEMON, and he's not nice, no matter how fun he is and how much I love Mark Sheppard. He cut off Kevin's finger! Literally "A Little Slice of Kevin."
- And after the finger cutting, there was a sign in the warehouse that said "Keep Fingers Clear." Very clever, show. Very clever.
- Sam made a demon bomb!
- Demon silhouette flash = angel wing burn.
- Glowy angel eyes!
- Where did Crowley get the angel blade from? I'm guessing Meg since she had one and Crowley kidnapped her, but did I miss something else that happened where he got one of his own?
- Wow, the preview for the next episode looked hilarious. Cannot wait for that one!